A procession of 17 hearses in Houston yesterday stopped traffic on the highways, turned heads in some of the highest-crime neighborhoods, and made jaws drop at strip malls, bus stops, and apartment complexes across the city. The Houston Chronicle says it was intended as a statement for young people involved in violent crime. Undertakers from 15 funeral homes formed the procession as an attempt to get the attention of the teens they say are forming a larger percentage of their clientele than before.
The Houston Funeral Directors and Morticians Association has seen a disturbing increase in the number of young homicide victims over the past year and a half. Frazier-Mitchell Funeral Home plans a double service Saturday for two cousins who were killed in a shooting police say was drug-related.